SECOND CAREER PROGRAM
The Second Career Program is a government program designed to help laid-off workers get the skills and training they need to find jobs in high-demand occupations in Ontario. Second Career is a cost-sharing grant provided on the basis of need; therefore, applicants may be required to contribute to their training or education.
Second Career may cover such things as: tuition, books, transportation and basic living allowance. Additional support may be available to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities, dependent care, costs of living away from home and academic upgrading. For general information about the Second Career initiative, visit the Ontario Second Career Government website.
Second Career Eligibility• You have been laid off and have not been working.
• You have been laid off and are working a temporary job just to cover costs.
• If you’re receiving Employment Insurance (EI), or have in the past, you can still apply.
• When preparing your application, you also have to show:
• How long you have been unemployed, or working your temporary job, and looking for work.
• Places you have applied and positions you have applied for (e.g. cover letters, CV and responses from potential employers.)
• What level of education you reached.
• Where you worked before, for how long and what skills you needed for that work.
• What skills you want to get and where you can get trained in them.
• Information showing the skills and job you want to train for are in demand.
How to ApplyTo find out more about how to successfully apply and which programs are eligible, book an appointment with one of our Educational Consultants who can guide you through the process. Our experience has helped thousands of applicants navigate the application process.
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